cape cod with no soffits- what to do?
My wife and I own a cape cod that was built in the early 50’s. I had a small roof leak a few years ago and decided to just replace the roof, not just because of the leak, but it looked like it was on its way out. The roofers recommended vents in the roof close to the peak; they installed 4 or 6 of them and told me that was plenty. Knowing little about roofing and ventilation theory, I figured they would be the ones to know. Now, I have more leaks because they failed to inform me that I needed soffit vents and this is why I am getting ice dams. My problem is that now I have a new roof under manufactures warranty and no vents, I would need to hire a certainteed installer to install soffits on my house in order to not void the warranty. What are my options for venting the space? It looks like when it was built, the fascia was fastened directly to the roof joins ends and then the gutter installed over that. I was going to remove the fascia and reinstall it every other joist cavity then on the interior of the crawl space, create a way of connecting all ot them together and then all spaces would have ventilation. Or, is there a product that would help me achieve the same or better results without having a contractor install soffits and vents? If anyone has any suggestions…. Please feel free to reply, anything is better that another bill that I could have had done cheaper when the roof was removed. Im open to suggestions. Thanks for taking the time to read my post.
Karl zaker, kzaker@msn